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Apprenticeship is an effective model for workforce preparation, providing immediate value to employers and working learners, which is why employers have hired nearly 500,000 apprentices since January 2017. Below are some of our most commonly received questions. Need more information or have a different question? Send us an e-mail at apprenticeship@nvcc.edu.

An apprenticeship is a career pathway that allows an individual to become an employee of a company. From day one, the apprentice earns an income, gains real-world job experience, and receives classroom training and education. Apprenticeships allow employers to develop their own workforce by equipping individuals with work experience, classroom instruction, and nationally-recognized credentials.

An apprenticeship is different from an internship. An internship allows students to work in their expected career field, either during a semester or over the summer. Internships may be paid or unpaid and may or may not provide academic credit. They are usually one-time experiences. Internships are connected to an academic program with course requirements designed and monitored by faculty. An apprenticeship is a career pathway that includes a paid-work component and an educational or instructional component, where an individual can obtain workplace-relevant knowledge and skills (DOL.gov).

  • Develop a workforce that caters to your specific talent needs
  • Increase retention (91% of apprentices continue employment after the conclusion of the apprenticeship program. Source: DOL)
  • Reduce turnover
  • Receive tax credits and employee tuition benefits (when qualified)

Yes, the employer will pay for the apprentices related technical instruction (RTI) as well as the employee wages.

Depending on the occupation and related technical instruction, some financial assistance may be available. Please contact: apprenticeship@nvcc.edu.

Apprenticeship programs currently exist in cybersecurity, cloud computing, and many other areas. Since the summer of 2017, NVCC has been and continues to be the RTI provider in the region for the Amazon Military Technical Apprenticeship. For a list of the current apprenticeships in Virginia, visit the Department of Labor and Industry website. 

We are always open to developing new apprenticeship programs. Contact NOVA at apprenticeship@nvcc.edu for more information.

  • Application Process: The timeline from application to selection will vary depending on the employer. Generally, it can take between one to three months.
  • Apprenticeship: Apprenticeship requires classroom training and on-the-job learning. Apprenticeships must provide a minimum of 144 related technical instruction (RTI) hours. This includes time in the classroom to learn skills for the job.
  • The on-the-job (OJT) portion can last up to 2,000 hours, or 1 year of full-time employment. Some employers will combine classroom training and job training, while others will begin with classroom instruction and then move on to job training.

Related technical instruction is integrated into an apprenticeship. This instruction includes classroom education or coursework that directly applies to the job that the apprentice is learning. Apprenticeships are required to include at least 144 hours of instructor-led training.

As a sponsoring employer, we ask that you hire individuals who will be an asset to your company and will be committed to learn and continue to work for you. There will be other responsibilities in regards to reporting and paperwork for the apprenticeship program once it begins.

Contact NOVA to learn how to get started: apprenticeship@nvcc.edu